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This easily could be a commercial for Staples… in the 90s. Seriously, were did Joe Jonas and company find all this vintage office equipment? A pink landline phone and a matching calculator. So retro 😉

DNCE gives Rihanna’s current chart-topper, “Work,” a makeover, taking it from a dancehall club jam to a sketch suitable for a late night talk show. Jimmy Fallon, someone’s encroaching on your territory. I’m not sure what compelled them to take this approach, but it’s an entertaining watch.

Speaking of covers… Have you heard about all the controversy of white artists covering “Work” and Beyonce’s “Formation?” Some are citing it’s culturally inappropriate due to the lyrics or visual images. Do you agree or is this whole PC sensitivity gone too far? Weigh in below.

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2016 Brit Awards: Winners & Performances

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The 2016 Brit Awards could’ve easily been dubbed ‘The Adele Show.’ The 27-year-old superstar singer won in every category she was nominated in. Girl cleaned up by taking home four awards. The “Hello” diva also took the time to publicly support Kesha during one of her acceptance speeches. Is it sad to say that this whole #FreeKesha movement will actually turn the “Tik Tok” singer into a bigger star she was before?

James Bay, Coldplay, and One Direction were a few of the other homegrown winners while Bjork, Tame Impala and Justin Bieber received recognition in the international categories. The latter was joined by Bay during his “Love Yourself” performance.

Check out all the winners and performances below. One of the highlights was Lorde singing “Life On Mars” during the David Bowie tribute. If you got time to kill, you can watch the entire telecast in the embedded YouTube clip at the end of the post.

winners, performances and entire show after the jump

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OMG!!! This looks so freaking good. If you loved the Vogue documentary, The September Issue, you’ll love this. The First Monday in May puts the spotlight on the annual Met Ball– a glamorous party held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It’s the Super Bowl of the fashion industry.

Filmmaker Andrew Rossi followed Anna Wintour and her staff as they staged the annual extravaganza in 2015. The theme of last year’s gala was China: Through the Looking Glass. The documentary will debut at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival later this year.

I can’t wait, not only to see all the drama that’s involved in staging the show, but exactly what takes place inside the lavish party. We also finally get to see the reported kick-ass performance Rihanna delivered in front of the fashionable crowd.

Wintour is absolutely fantastic with all her quips (some bitchy) in the preview. Her concern about the decor not looking like a Chinese restaurant had me chuckling. God, I love her. Check out the trailer below.

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Throughout her career, Rihanna has often been labeled a singles artist. To be fair, it did take her seven tries to finally snag a No. 1 album, despite scoring numerous hit singles.

After a couple of misses leading up to the launch of Anti, I feared Rihanna’s best days might’ve been behind her. The 28-year-old certainly proved all her critics wrong with “Work.” The dancehall-tinged track is her latest to hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Believe it or not, “Work” is her 14th chart-topper. A couple of them are suspect in my opinion because all she does is sing the hook on predominantly rap songs. It seems like cheating to me, but if it’s okay with Billboard, it’s fine with me. Even if you take away her rap collabos, she still has plenty.

With 14 number ones, RiRi passes Michael Jackson to have the third-most Hot 100s of all-time. Only The Beatles and Mariah Carey are ahead of her with 20 and 18 chart-toppers respectively. Watch out Mimi, the Barbados-born singer and her Navy are coming for you next 😉

Check out all her No. 1 hits below. Be sure to scroll all the way to the end of the post to see my ranking of all her hits.

check out all of Rihanna’s hit songs and my ranking after the jump

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Evidently, one music video is not enough for Rihanna these days. The 28-year-old singer decided to release two clips for her current hit, “Work.” The first was shot by Director X with Tim Erem taking over directing duties for the second clip.

The first visual is all about RiRi’s Caribbean roots, even though it was shot in Toronto. People party it up dancehall style at some restaurant slash club while Rihanna grinds up on Drake. Apparently, rubbing up on the Canadian rapper wasn’t enough for one clip. The second one is all that. The two get their flirt on in a pink-hued room the entire time.

Currently, “Work” sits at No. 4 on the chart. With these new clips released, no doubt it’ll bolster the song’s chart performance. Check out both clips below.

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Rihanna Teases ‘Work’ Music Video

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On this week’s Billboard Hot 100, “Work” sits at No. 4, rising from No. 7. With that, Rihanna scores her 20th Top 5 single. She’s now tied with Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson. The all-time leader is The Beatles with 29 Top 5 hits.

No doubt when the music video for “Work” drops Monday, it’ll boost its chart performance. It might even reach pole position.

The 27-year-old singer just dropped a teaser ahead of the clip’s release. From the looks of it, expect plenty of scenes of Rihanna and Drake grinding up on each other. Check out the preview below.

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Rihanna Cancels Grammys Performance At Last Minute

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If you tuned in to watch the Grammys on CBS solely to watch Rihanna, you’re out of luck. The 27-year-old singer showed up at rehearsals earlier today but canceled her scheduled performance at the last minute due to health issues. Reportedly, RiRi was to perform “Kiss It Better” off her recently released album, Anti. Her rep issued the following statement.

“Based on Rihanna‘s examination, after Grammy rehearsal today, Rihanna‘s doctor put her on vocal rest for 48-hours because she was at risk of hemorrhaging her vocal chords,” her rep stated. The antibiotics she has been on for 3-days did not kill the infection adequately therefore she cannot perform safely.”

I have to say I’m surprised Rihanna had issues with her vocal chords. During a Lionel Richie tribute at the 2016 MusiCares Person of the Year event this past weekend, the “Work” singer slayed her cover of Richie’s hit, “Say You, Say Me.” Watch that performance below.

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Rihanna Work: Video Teasers & Phantoms Remix

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After releasing some rather pedestrian offerings leading up to Anti, Rihanna finally delivered a smash with “Work.” Not surprising, given the fact every time she hooks up with Drake, they conjure up magic. “What’s My Name?” and “Take Care” rank up there as my favorites from each artist.

Work” debuted at No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100. No doubt when the accompanying video drops, it’ll propel the single higher on the chart. RiRi took to Snapchat last night to share a few teasers for the clip. It appears it’s shot at a bar with plenty of booty-shaking. Can’t wait to see it in full.

In other “Work”-related news, LA based duo Phantoms dropped a killer remix for the track. If possible, it’s even slinkier and sexier than before. Check it out below, along with the vid teasers.

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